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Aquilegia Winky Series


Monk's head lily, Columbine

Compact version of this much loved plant

Neat, compact columbines growing to only 30cm (1ft) in height when in flower. The blooms are upward facing and are carried on wiry stems above clumps of lacy blue-green leaves which are healthy and mildew resistant. Flowers appear from late spring into early summer, open and cheerful in character in a range of colours, mostly with a ring of white edged inner petals and golden stamens. A useful little plant for small gardens and informal planting.


Plant in full sun or semi-shade at the front of beds and borders. Ideal amongst other low shrubs and perennials.


Grows on any well-drained soil. Aquilegias are not long-lived plants but seed and spread freely. Leave seed heads in place after flowering and cut back in winter. No support required.

Also known as Granny's bonnets, aquilegias have long been grown in cottage gardens.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering April - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 25 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Wildlife garden, Rock garden

Typically available

From April to September